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@Pizza started making waves the moment it opened. Boisterous claims of sizzling hot, thin-crust customised pizzas in under two minutes started swirling, but it isn’t the speed but the attention to detail that will enshrine @pizza as the newest city staple. Forget the off-yellow lighting and worn down wood you’ve come to expect from a pizzeria – @pizza is all sleek tiles and Instagram-ready three-point lighting.
I was in love with my “White Dog” pizza from the first bite. Creamy and cheesy with a perfectly crisp oval crust, each of the three carefully selected cheeses was complimented by grilled red onion and garlic oil, while the sausage on the “Eat Meat Repeat” curls perfectly to form a pool for just enough oil to tantalize you. Of the dozens of toppings available, most are locally sourced, many are made specifically for the restaurant and all are optional. The menu comes with a robust selection of tempting combinations, but diners are encouraged to tailor their slice as much as they like.
The delicious craft sodas are also bespoke, and the self-serve fountain encourages creative selections. I tried a fresh Sicilian lemonade, but when my date combined apple and bramble with ginger, lime and mint I couldn’t help but finish it off. By the time we strolled back out, the restaurant was bustling with a new crop of excited patrons choosing their own adventure in pizza heaven. Here, there are no wrong choices.
Edinburgh EH2 4QZ
Words: Emily J Hall